A Guide to Open Captions

Captioning services are becoming more and more popular as more businesses and organizations realize the many benefits of including captions with their videos, streaming content, and other types of visual media. There are several types of captioning services; one of the most common is open captions; if you’re unsure exactly what open captions are or why they are used, consider the following handy guide to open captions.

What are open captions?

Open captions are captions which are always “open.” In other words, they are always on and visible to the viewer and, unlike closed captions, can’t be turned off. Sometimes they are referred to as hard captions or hard-coded captions, because they are actually burned into the video content.

Why do people use them?

This type of caption is not as common as closed captions, but many companies do choose to use them for a variety of reasons.

One reason that content creators decide to use this type of caption is because they can’t be turned off. The content owner can ensure that the captions will always be visible even if the sound is muted or can’t be heard. For instance, videos in airports and on airplanes often used hard-coded captions so that people can always read the subtitles.

Another reason for hard captions is player and format compatibility. Closed captions don’t always work right on certain players or in certain formats; they may not display correctly or even at all. Hard captions, on the other hand, will always be visible regardless of the format of the media or what is being used to play it.

Companies and other content creators who want to use these types of captions will need to provide caption companies with the necessary details to create the right captions for the video content.

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